Nats Affiliates Playoff Chances

For the first time in recent memory, there are more than one or two Nationals affiliates that could actually make the playoffs.

While development is the key goal of the minors, real fans (or at least the season-ticket holders) do like to see some playoff baseball. For the first time in recent memory, there are more than one or two Nationals affiliates that could actually make the playoffs. This, we believe, is a nice byproduct of GM Mike Rizzo’s tendency to promote slowly and methodically versus the previous regime’s “pluck ’em and who cares if it [fouls] ’em” mindset behavior that ruined more than a couple of prospects.

Here’s a look at their chances…

Five or six weeks ago, this team seemed like it might be a lock to make the playoffs, buoyed by some kid pitcher, Stras-something-or-other. Since then, they’ve been in a tailspin going from first place to third place and falling to nearly 10 games back. But with a wild card, and seven games left against the two teams they’re chasing for it (Louisville and Buffalo), it’s still possible, but not very probable.

Winning eight straight will bring any team back from the dead, and Harrisburg is no exception. Though Danny Espinosa has already been promoted to AAA, an infusion of prospects from Potomac is imminent with the Arizona Fall League promotion deadline coming next week, and with Brad Peacock already a Senator, it’s likely that most of these “AFL promotions” will be batters — a weak spot for the Senators. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they’ve got no games left against Altoona and Bowie, the two teams in front of them in the Western Division, eight games against the Eastern Division’s top two teams. The Senators are 1½ games behind Bowie for 2nd place.

Full disclosure to any first-time reader: I’m a season-ticket holder to Potomac. The rest of you know I’m no Pollyanna, so here goes… This team is coming off a seven-game road trip where they did what they had to do: make hay against the younger and weaker teams in Lynchburg and Myrtle Beach. They have to do the same this week against those same two teams to have a chance before (A) they lose their best players to the aforementioned AFL promotions (B) Wilmington comes to town on August 23-25. As of this writing, Potomac leads Wilmington by 1½ games. If they can extend that lead to three or four games by the time the Blue Rocks visit, they’ll have a decent chance before a much, much harder road trip — three against Frederick, five against Salem, which has the best overall record in the Carolina League.

Mathematically alive, but at 9½ games back with 27 games to go, it’s not happening. Most of the drama will be who gets the call to backfill the promotions from Potomac to Harrisburg.

The Lake Monsters began their schedule with a bang, winning 15 of their first 20, but have since gone 12-17 over the past 29 games. Like Potomac, they only have one series left against the second-place team, Connecticut. Like Harrisburg, they still have six games against one of the league’s powerhouses. Offense does not seem to be the problem, but pitching does. Three starters (Swyneburg, Jordan, McKenzie) posted ERAs of 6.55 or worse in July, so the adjustments they make over the next three starts or so will determine both whether or not Vermont makes the playoffs, and how deep they’ll go.

At 15-24, the GCL Nationals are 10 games back with three weeks left to play. Their elimination number is nine.

The DSL Nationals should be eliminated by the end of the week, but this is mostly a function that only six teams out of 34 make the cut. The DSL Nationals have been hovering near .500 for most of the year.

Sunday’s News and Notes

It’s five wins against one loss on Sunday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 7-4 vs. Columbus, 7:00 p.m. Andrew Kown (1-2, 2.52) vs.
Yohan Pino (8-6, 5.87)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 9-6 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Won, 4-3 vs. Lynchburg 5:00 p.m.
(comp. of susp. 8/4 game,
regularly scheduled game)
Marcos Frias (4-5, 6.54) and TBD
vs. TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 5-4; Won, 9-4 vs. Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Paul Applebee (3-4, 4.05) vs.
Justin Collop (8-7, 4.75)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 6-1 vs. Batavia, 7:05 p.m. Christopher McKenzie (1-2, 8.54) vs.
Justin Edwards (3-2, 2.57)
GCL Nationals Postponed OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse Chiefs W, 7-4 vs. Rochester
WDWRD: 1-4, 2R, K; 0-1 CS/SB (Brian Roberts)
Starting Pitcher: Chico (W, 6-6) 5⅔ IP 8H 4ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Severino 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Espinosa 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bixler 2-4, 1R, 1-3B
Notes: Rochester started the game off with three runs in the top of the 1st, but Syracuse answered with 4 of their own in the bottom of the 2nd, then added one more in the 3rd to make it 5-3. Rochester made it 5-4 in the 4th but that was as close as they’d get as Syracuse kept their bats quiet for the rest of the game and scored two more in the 8th to win this one 7-4. Starter Matt Chico went 5⅔ innings giving up eight hits, four runs, one walk and two strikeouts with the win.

Harrisburg Senators W, 9-6 vs. Altoona
Starting Pitcher: Thompson 5IP 4H 5R 5ER 5BB 6K
Pitching Star: James (W, 8-0) 3IP 2H 1R 1ER 5K    
Hitting Star #1: Coon 4-5, R, 3-2B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Ivany 1-2, 2R, 2BB
Notes: Harrisburg started the game off with two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, but Altoona didn’t let the lead last as they scored two runs of their own in the 2nd and another two in the 3rd. The Sens didn’t give up though as they came back with three runs in the 4th reclaiming the lead at 5-4. But just like a yo-yo Altoona put Harrisburg down again as they scored one run in the 5th and another in 6th to make it 6-5. Finally in the 8th Harrisburg had enough as they scored four runs to end this one at 9-6. Starter Aaron Thompson had yet another rough outing, going five innings and giving up four hits, five runs, and five walks. Chuck James gave up his first earned run as a reliever, but got the win to run his record to 8-0 for Harrisburg.

Potomac Nationals W, 4-3 @ Myrtle Beach
Starting Pitcher: Barthmaier 3IP 6H 2R 2ER 0BB 2K
Pitching Star #1: Lehman (W, 4-2) 3IP 1H 0R 3BB 2K
Pitching Star #2: VanAllen [H, 8] 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Rooney 2-4, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moore 2-4, RBI
Notes: A four-run fourth would hold up for the P-Nats, as they survived a ninth-inning scare to win 4-3. Starter Jimmy Barthmaier was battered for two runs on six hits over three innings before giving way to Pat Lehman, who struggled a bit with his control (three walks) but pitched three scoreless innings to earn his fourth win. Tyler Moore and Sean Rooney both went 2-for-4 with an RBI, with Moore extending his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest this season for a P-Nat. The victory completes a seven-game road trip that saw them win five, lose one, and go up 8-2 before thunderstorms halted play. That game will be made up today, as the last-place Lynchburg Hillcats come to town for four games.

Hagerstown Suns L, 5-4; W, 9-4 @ Kannapolis

Starting Pitcher: Demny (L, 6-5) 1⅔ IP 3H 5R 2ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Garcia 3⅓ IP 0H 0R 2BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Ramirez 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Sanchez 2-3, 2R
Notes: In game one of the doubleheader, Kannapolis came off to a roaring start as they scored five runs in the 2nd to build a fairly comfortable lead. Hagerstown chipped away at that lead scoring two in the 4th and two more in the 6th to make it 5-4. Unfortunately, they were shut down in the 7th which gave them the loss by a 5-4 count. Starter Paul Demny went only 1⅔ innings giving up three hits, five runs and two walks with the loss.

Starting Pitcher: Hicks 4IP 7H 4R 4ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: Wort (W, 5-0) 3IP 0H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Ramirez 3-4, 3R, 1RBI
Hitting Star #2: Newsome 2-3, 1R,  1-2B, 1-3B, 3RBI, 1BB
Notes: In game two of the doubleheader the Suns fared better, though Kannapolis started the scoring with single runs in the bottom of the 1st and 2nd innings. Hagerstown scored three in the 3rd and another thre runs in the 4th to counter the two runs for a 6-2 lead. Kannapolis came back with two runs in the 5th to pull within two at 6-4, but Hagerstown put up another three runs on the scoreboard in the 7th to win this one 9-4. Starter Graham Hicks went four innings giving up seven hits, four runs and striking out five but got a no-decision. Rob Wort pitched three perfect innings with four strikeouts to earn the win.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 6-1 vs. Batavia
Starting Pitcher: Jordan (W, 2-2) 5IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Demmin (S, 2) 3IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-3, R, SB, 3RBI; OF assist at 3B
Hitting Star #2: Mozingo 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
Notes: A two-run 1st and a four-run 3rd gave starter Taylor Jordan all the support he would need as the Vermont Lake Monsters roared past the Batavia Muckdogs by a 6-1 score. Jordan, who had been rocked for seven runs in his previous outing, gave up just one run on five hits and one walk to even his won-loss record at 2-2. Wade Moore and Chad Mozingo combined for four of the eight Vermont hits, with each stealing a base, and Moore driving in three runs.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Notes: A rainout combined with tomorrow’s scheduled day off will give the Nationals a two-day break and time to gird for home games this week against the Cards and Astros and road games against the Mets and Marlins, which will now be a doubleheader. After 39 games, their record is now 15-24 with an elimination number of nine.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: With two weeks left in the season, the DSL Nationals have a record of 29-30 and an elimination number of three. Home games this week include the Yankees1, Phillies, Orioles2, and Cubs2 while the D-Nats visit the Mets1 on Tuesday and the Giants on Friday.

Saturday’s News and Notes

Just two wins against seven losses on Saturday for the Nats’ affiliates

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-2 @ Rochester, 7:00 p.m. Matt Chico (5-6, 3.72) vs.
Jeff Manship (3-7, 4.87)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 18-6 vs. Altoona, 6:00 p.m. Aaron Thompson (4-11, 5.69) vs.
Justin Wilson (9-6, 3.13)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-1; Won, 4-3 @ Myrtle Beach, 6:05 p.m. Jimmy Barthmaier (2-1, 4.82) vs.
Brett Oberholtzer (4-4, 4.54)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 14-9 vs. Lexington, 2:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-4, 3.82) and
Graham Hicks (1-4, 5.31) vs.
Matt Hopps (1-9, 5.96) and
Cameron Bayne (8-9, 3.88)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 8-1 vs. Batavia, 1:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (1-2, 6.23) vs.
Nick McCully (1-1, 2.36)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-2
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-0; Won, 5-3
@ DSL Cubs2

Syracuse Chiefs L, 3-2 vs. Rochester
WDWRD: 0-4, 2K; 1-1 SBA-CS
Starter/Pitching Star: Martis 7IP 10H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K
Hitting Star#1: Bynum 1-3, 2RBI
Hitting Star#2: Botts 1-3, 2R, 1BB
Notes: Rochester started the scoring off in the top of the 4th inning with two runs, while Syracuse could only get one run in the 5th to answer. Syracuse managed to tie things up in the 7th making it 2-2, but Rochester didn’t give them much time to relax as they scored one run of their own in the 8th to win this one 3-2. Starter Shairon Martis went seven innings giving up 10 hits, two runs and one walk, but got the no-decision.

Harrisburg Senators L, 18-6 vs. Altoona
Starting Pitcher: Roark (L, 0-1) 6IP 7H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Star: Dials 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star#1: Fox 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star#2: Coon 3-4, R, 3B
Notes: Well, this game seemed like an okay game until the 9th inning, here’s the recap. In the 1st Altoona hit in the 1st run, while the Sens answered with one run in the bottom of the 2nd. Altoona scored two more runs in the 4th making it 4-2, Harrisburg got one in the next inning to cut away at that lead but unfortunately things started to fall apart after that. Altoona started on a scoring streak as they scored five runs in the 7th, Harrisburg could only score one in the bottom of the frame. In the 8th Harrisburg made a comeback attempt scoring three runs making it 8-6. But the 9th innings marked the end of the Sens comeback dreams. Altoona attacked hard in the 9th scoring 10 whopping runs to blast their lead up to 18-6, which would be our final. Starter Tanner Roark went six innings giving up seven hits, three runs and two walks with the loss.

Potomac Nationals L, 6-1; W, 4-3 @ Myrtle Beach

Starting Pitcher: Jas. Jones (L, 0-1) 4IP 7H 3R 0ER 1BB 1K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Rhinehart 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lombardozzi 1-3, 2B
Notes: A sloppy first inning combined with sporadic hitting led to a 6-1 loss to the Pelicans in the opening game. Starter Jason Jones went just four innings and allowed three unearned runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out just one. Bill Rhinehart’s solo HR in the 5th was the highlight of the Potomac offense, which consisted of just five hits.

Starting Pitcher: Holder 4⅓ IP 3H 3R 3ER 4BB 2K
Pitching Star: Testa (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP 3H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 1-2, R, BB, SF, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rooney 3-3, R, BB
Notes: Tyler Moore’s league-leading 21st HR in the top of the 7th was the difference as the P-Nats took the nightcap by a score of 4-3. Starter Trevor Holder struggled with his command, walking four in his 4⅓ innings of work, as he allowed all three Myrtle Beach runs on just three singles. Newcomer Joe Testa won the game with 1⅔ innings of scoreless relief, while Pat McCoy struck out the side in the bottom of the 7th to notch his first save of the year.

Hagerstown Suns L, 14-9 @Kannapolis
Starting Pitcher: Bronson (L, 1-2) 4⅓ IP 9H 6R 6ER 1BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star#1: Sanchez 2-5, R, 3RBI
Hitting Star#2: Perez 3-4, R, RBI
Notes: Kannapolis began the scoring in the bottom of the 1st with one run and did likewise in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Hagerstown scored one run in the 3rd inning and followed up with four runs in the 4th, putting them ahead 5-3. That lead was short-lived though as Kannapolis scored four in the 5th and two in the 6th making it 9-6 as the Suns scored one in the top of the inning. Kannapolis proved to be too strong an adversary this day as the Intimidators scored one in the 8th and another four in the 9th, while Hagerstown could only score 3 in the 9th, giving Kannapolis the win at 14-9. Starter Evan Bronson went 4⅓ innings letting in nine hits, six runs, and one walk with the loss.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 8-1 vs. Batavia
Starting Pitcher: Barrett (L, 0-2) 2IP 4H 3R 3ER 3BB 3K
Pitching Star: Eusebio 3⅓ IP 4H 0R 0BB 4K
Pitching Un-Star: Gibson 3⅔ IP 5H 5R 2ER 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Kelso 2-4
Hitting Star #2: Labrie 1-3, R
Notes: Thanks to a three runs in the 2nd and two runs in the 3rd Batavia was able to take an early 5-0 lead. With three more runs scored in the 6th, they were able to grab an 8-1 lead, which was how the game ended. Starting pitcher Aaron Barrett lasted only two innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. Offensively, things were a little tough for Vermont, as they only managed one run on five hits, two of which were by Blake Kelso.

GCL Nationals L, 6-2 @ GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Matt Grace 3IP 2H 1R 0ER 0BB 2K
Pitching Star: Christian Meza 3IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Roberto Perez 2-2, SB, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Angel Montilla 2-5, R, 3B
Notes: Roberto Perez’s two-run home run gave the GCL Nationals a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Unfortunately, they play nine, and in the bottom of the 8th, the GCL Astros battered the G-Nats bullpen for four runs to break a 2-2 tie en route to a 6-2 win. Angel Montilla joined Perez in the hit parade, going 2-for-5, but only two other batters collected a hit as the Astros limited the Nationals to just six hits. Starter Matt Grace went three innings and allowed an unearned run on two hits and no walks while striking out two.

DSL Nationals L, 6-1; W, 5-3

Starting Pitcher: Wirkin Estevez (L, 5-6) 6IP 5H 2R 1ER 3BB 7K
Hitting Star #1: Angel Montilla 1-3, 2B
Hitting Star #2: “Fred” Ortega 1-2, BB, SB
Notes: Wirkin Estevez pitched a complete-game loss, as the DSL Marlins shut out the DSL Nationals 2-0. The two teams combined for just eight hits and six walks, each team striking out seven times.

Starting Pitcher: Adalberto Mieses 4IP 4H 3R 2ER 4BB 3K
Pitching Star: Inocencio Heredia (W, 3-3) 3IP 4H 0R 1BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Narciso Mesa 2-4, R
Hitting Star #2: Victor Chavez 1-2, BB, SB
Notes: Offense was a bit more plentiful in the second game, as the DSL Nationals managed a split with a 5-3 win over the DSL Marlins. Porous defense also helped, as the D-Nats capitalized on three D-Marlins errors to score… wait for it… three unearned runs. Starting pitcher Adalberto Miese went four innings, walking four, striking out three, and allowing three runs (two earned) one four hits.

Friday’s News and Notes

Five wins, no losses, and two rainouts on Friday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-3 (13 inn.) @ Rochester, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (7-6, 4.18) vs.
Nick Blackburn (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-1 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Tanner Roark (EL debut) vs.
Bryan Morris (5-4, 4.21)
Potomac Nationals Postponed @ Myrtle Beach, 6:05 p.m.
Trevor Holder (0-2, 4.15) and
Jason Jones (1st A+ Start of ’10) vs.
Cory Rasmus (0-1, 3.27) and
Zeke Spruill (1-2, 5.53)
Hagerstown Suns Postponed vs. Lexington, 7:05 p.m.
(Doubleheader Tomorrow)
Paul Demny (6-4, 3.82) vs.
Matt Hopps (1-9, 5.96)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 7-4 vs. Batavia, 6:05 p.m. Bobby Hansen (3-2, 3.40) vs.
Nicholas McCully (1-1, 2.36)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3
vs. GCL Mets
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Won, 8-2
@ DSL Cubs2
@ DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m. (DH?)

Syracuse Chiefs W, 4-3 @ Rochester (13 inn.)
WDWRD: 1-4, BB, 2SO as DH
Starting Pitcher: Arnesen 5⅔ IP 4H 2R 2ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: Bergmann (W, 4-3) 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star#1: Whiting 2-5, 1R, 1BB, 2SB (2B, HP)
Hitting Star#2: Botts 2-4, 2B
Notes: Syracuse got the scoring started in 1st by stealing a run as Boomer Whiting singled, stole second, took third on the overthrow and stole home with two outs. The lead lasted until the bottom of the 5th where Rochester came back with two runs. In the 7th Syracuse tied things back up at 2-2 and then regained the lead at 3-2 in the 8th with another run.  Rochester had one last chance in the bottom of the 9th and they used it as they were able to score one and send this game into extras.  Both teams remained scoreless until the top of the 13th when newly promoted Danny Espinosa led off with a solo home run. Starter Erik Arnesen went 5⅔ innings, giving up four hits, two runs, and two walks and registering five strikeouts.

Harrisburg Senators W, 6-1 vs. Altoona
Starting Pitcher: Tatusko 4⅔ IP 5H 1R 1ER 4BB 6K
Pitching Star:  Leatherman (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP 0H 0R 1BB 4K
Hitting Star#1: Johnson 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
Hitting Star#2: Lowrance 2-4, R, HR, RBI
Notes:  The wins just keep coming for the Senators — eight straight with a 6-1 win over first-place Altoona. Harrisburg started the scoring with
back-to-back leadoff home runs by Josh Johnson and Marvin Lowrance and plated two more in the bottom of the 1st to take a 4-0 lead. Altoona could only answer with one run in the top of the 2nd. Harrisburg kept the scoring with another run in the 3rd and one more in the 4th to take this one at a final of 6-1. Recently acquired Ryan Tatusko started and went 4⅔ innings, giving up five hits, one run, and four walks along with 6 strikeouts. Dan Leatherman got the win, his first at AA this season, with 2⅓ scoreless and hitless innings of relief.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Notes: Two inches of rain fell on Myrtle Beach yesterday, forcing a doubleheader today. The Pelicans are 2-0-1 in their three doubleheaders this season while the P-Nats are 1-1. Trevor Holder and recently demoted Jason Jones are expected to start for Potomac, opposed by Cory Rasmus and Zeke Spruill.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Notes: The rain swept through the Carolinas South and North, canceling the first of a five-game tile between Hagerstown and Kannapolis. The game will be made up with a doubleheader tomorrow.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 7-4 vs. Auburn
Starting Pitcher: Bates (W, 3-2) 5IP 4H 4R 4ER 2BB 6K
Pitching Star #1: Herrera (SV, 1) 2IP 0H 0R 2BB 6K
Pitching Star #2: Cahill (H, 1) 2IP 0H 0R 2BB 5K
Hitting Star#1: Moldenhauer  1-3, 3R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star#2: Mozingo 1-4, R, 3B, BB
Notes:  Auburn started things off with two runs in the top of the 1st, but Vermont answered right back with two of their own in the bottom of the inning. Auburn added one run in the 2nd to reclaim the lead at 3-2 but once again Vermont came back in the next inning to tie things up again. In the 4th the Lake Monsters scored four runs to take a 7-3 lead; Auburn scored one to counter this attack but that was all the ground they’d gain as Vermont got the win 7-4. Starter Colin Bates went five innings giving up four hits, four runs, and two walks and setting down six by way of the K for the win. The Lake Monsters set a new club record with 17 strikeouts on the night while snapping a four-game losing streak.

GCL Nationals W, 4-3 vc. GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Mitchell Clegg 4IP 4H 2R 1ER 0BB 1K 1HR
Pitching Star: Tyler Hanks (W, 4-0) 3IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Angel Montilla 2-2, BB, SH, SF, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Wander Nunez 2-3, BB
Notes: Just one half-inning after coughing up a run to break a 2-2 tie, the GCL Nationals actually rallied for two runs for a ninth-inning walkoff, defeating the GCL Mets 4-3. A walk, sacrifice, another walk, and a wild pitch put the two runs into scoring position while a sacrifice fly by Angel Montilla and a single by Roberto Perez plated the tying and winning runs, respectively. Starter Mitchell Clegg went four innings allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, while Tyler Hanks finished the game with three innings pitched, allowing the go-ahead run, but getting the win to improve to 4-0.

DSL Nationals W, 8-2 @ DSL Cubs2
Starter/Pitching Star: Antonio Guzman 8IP 7H 2R 0ER 4BB 10K
Hitting Star #1: Edgar Gonzalez 4-5, 2R, 2B
Hitting Star #2: “Smiley” Alvarez 3-4, R, 2-2B, 3RBI
Notes: Since snapping their eight-game skid, the DSL Nationals have won four of five, including an 8-2 triumph yesterday over the DSL Cubs2 team. Antonio Guzman struck out a season-high 10 batters and went eight innings allowing two unearned runs on seven hits while walking four. Jose Arismendy and Narciso Mesa gave him some defensive help, each throwing out a runner trying to stretch a single into a double. Edgar Gonzalez was the batter of the game, going four-for-five with a double and two runs scored.

Good, Bad, Interesting… Vol. 17

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 57-55, 3rd place IL North, 8 games back

Good Boomer Whiting, .403OBP
Bad Dan Leatherman 12H 6R in 1st 6 apperances [Ed. Note: Written before demotion]
Interesting Josh Wilkie 1HR allowed in 53⅓ innings

HARRISBURG 59-53, 3rd place, 6½ games back, EL

Good Tom Milone, 9QS in 22 starts; 1.52BB/9
Bad Edgardo Baez .134BA in July/Aug.
Interesting Chuck James 0.00ERA as a reliever at AA

21-16 in 2nd Half, 1st place by 1½ games in CrL North

Good Tyler Moore 11HR, 40RBI since ASB (34G)
Bad Marcos Frias, 8.46ERA since return from GCL rehab
Interesting Dan Lyons .300/.475/.467 in last 10G

15-25 in 2nd Half, last place in SAL North, 9½ games back

Good Eury Perez .304BA, .441SLG, 17SB in July/Aug
Bad Josh Smoker, 7.38ERA in 19 starts; scoreless outings: 1
Interesting NDFA Billy Ott, 5IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K in SAL debut

25-21, 2nd Place Stedler Division of NY-Penn League, ½ game back

Good Ronnie Labrie .281/.384/.452 in 40G
Bad Taylor Jordan 23R, 32H, 3HR allowed in last 5 starts
Interesting Neil Holland, 1.77ERA in 12G as reliever

14-23, 5th place GCL East Division, 9½ games back

Good Nick Serino 0.98WHIP, 2.93ERA in 10 appearances
Bad Michael Taylor 12E in 23G
Interesting Adrian Sanchez, Billy Ott earning promotions to Hagerstown

27-29, 5th place B.C. South Division, 11½ games back

Good “Fred” Ortega 25SB in 50G
Bad Yamaicol Tejeda .050BA in 26G
Interesting Bienvenido Valdez 24BB, 37K in 50G

Thursday’s News and Notes

All four full-season teams win big on Thursday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-2 @ Rochester, 11:05 a.m. Erik Arnesen (3-7, 4.16) vs.
Glen Perkins (4-9, 6.26)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-1 @ Binghamton, 6:35 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (EL debut) vs.
Jeff Locke (1-0, 1.96)
Potomac Nationals Won, 7-1 @ Myrtle Beach, 7:00 p.m. Jason Jones (1st A+ start of ’10) vs.
Zeke Spruill (1-2, 5.53)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-3 vs. Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (1-1, 2.70) vs. TBD
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 7-4 vs. Auburn, 7:00 p.m. Colin Bates (2-2, 3.54) vs.
Daniel Webb (0-4, 5.45)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-3
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-4 (8 inn.);
Won, 16-2
vs. DSL Giants
@ DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse Chiefs W, 8-2 @ Rochester”
WDWRD: 1-5, R, 2B, RBI
Starting Pitcher: Zimmermann 3IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Mandel (W, 5-6) 4IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: M. Martinez 3-5, R, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Whiting 2-5, 2R, 2-2B
Notes: Jordan Zimmermann tossed three scoreless inning in his first AAA start of the year, while the Chiefs piled on five runs in the first two innings to cruise to an 8-2 decision over the Rochester Red Wings. Jeff Mandel followed Zimmermann on the mound, allowing one run on four hits over four innings to get the win, his fifth at AAA. Michael Martinez led the 12-hit attack with three singles and two RBI.

Harrisburg Senators W, 7-1 @ Binghamton
Starting Pitcher: Milone (W, 8-5) 6⅓ IP 7H 1R 1ER 0BB 12K
Pitching Star: Martin 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Jo. Johnson 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Valdez 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Castro 3-3, 2B, BB
Notes: Tom Milone struck out a season-high 12 batters as the Harrisburg Senators won their seventh straight with a 7-1 win over the Binghamton Mets. Josh Johnson’s solo HR got the scoring started with one out in the top of the first, which Binghamton answered with a leadoff HR by Jose Coronado. After that it was lights-out pitching, as the four Senators pitchers combined to strike out 17 batters, scattering eight more hits the rest of the way. Joining Johnson in the hit parade were Jesus Valdez (3-for-5) and Ofilio Castro (3-for-3) as every position player got a hit.

Potomac Nationals W, 7-1 @ Myrtle Beach
Starter/Pitching Star: Alaniz (W, 6-3) 8IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 4K 1HR
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 6RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lyons 2-5, 2R, 2B
Notes: Tyler Moore’s two home runs and six RBI were more than enough run support for Adrian Alaniz, who dominated the Myrtle Beach Pelicans with eight strong innings as the Potomac Nationals cruised to a 7-1 victory. Early on, this was a pitcher’s duel, with ten goose eggs on the scoreboard until the Potomac sixth, when Moore launched the first of his home runs, a three-run shot in a four-run inning. He would do it again one inning later to give the P-Nats a 7-0 lead. Meanwhile, Alaniz was cruising, with just three hits allowed through seven scoreless innings. The Pelicans would break up the shutout with a leadoff HR in the bottom of the eighth, but could do no further damage in the ninth.

Hagerstown Suns W, 8-3 vs. Lexington
Starting Pitcher: Ott (W, 1-0) 5IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: McCatty (H, 1) 3IP 1H 0R 2BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Sanchez 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Perez 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI
Notes: Strong hitting and strong pitching was the theme on Thursday and Hagerstown was marching to the tune, debunking the Lexington Legends 8-3. Three home runs powered the Suns eight-hit attack, highlighted by a five-run 7th that turned a 3-0 game into an 8-0 runaway. Starter Billy Ott made a strong Low-A debut with one hit allowed over five scoreless innings, with Shane McCatty pitching three scoreless innings in relief. Kyle Morrison’s struggles in the ninth (three runs on three hits) was the only spot on the Suns’ shining night.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 7-4 vs. Auburn
Starting Pitcher: Swynenberg 4IP 3H 3R 3ER 3BB 3K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Freitas 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Labrie 2-4, 2B, SB
Notes: The Auburn Doubledays began with bang, scoring three runs in the top of the first off starter Matt Swynenberg. The Lake Monsters countered with one in the 1st and two in the 3rd, courtesy of David Freitas’s 4th home run to tie it at 3-3. Wade Moore’s solo HR in the 5th gave Vermont a brief 4-3 lead, but the Lake Monster bullpen couldn’t hold down Auburn, allowing two runs in the 7th and single runs in the 8th and 9th innings for the game’s final count of 7-4.

GCL Nationals L, 7-3 @ GCL Cardinals
Starting Pitcher: Brandon King ⅔ 4H 4R 4ER 1BB 2K 2HR
Pitching Star: Miguel Navarro 2IP 2H 0R 2BB 1
Hitting Star: Mills Rogers 1-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
Notes: Brandon King couldn’t get out of the first inning, giving up four runs on four hits, including two home runs, to put the GCL Nationals in a 4-0 hole early. The bullpen held the GCL Cardinals close until the 5th, when they allowed a single run to push the lead to 5-0. The G-Nats rallied for three on the strength of two-run double by Mills Rogers and a sacrifice fly by Hector Taveras to make it 5-3, but the G-Cards answered back with two off Gregory Baez for what turned out the be the eventual final score of 7-3.

DSL Nationals L, 5-4 (8 inn.); W, 16-3

Starting Pitcher: Anthony Marcelino (ND) 5⅔ IP 6H 4R 4ER 5BB 4K
Pitching Star: Antonio Guzman 1⅓ IP 2H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: “Fred” Ortega 2-3, R, BB
Hitting Star #2: Paul Chacin 2-4, SB, RBI
Notes: After falling behind 4-1 after six innings, the DSL Nationals rallied for three in the bottom of the 6th with two singles and three walks to tie it at 4-4 but the Giants rallied to win it in the eighth, “extra” inning of a 7-inning game with a double, sacrifice, and an RBI groundout to win it 5-4.

Starting Pitcher: Andy Santana (W, 2-0) 5IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 7K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Jean Valdez 2-3, R, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bienvenido Valdez 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
Notes: Game Two was a narc-at-a-biker-rally beating, with the DSL Nationals scoring 16 runs on 11 hits and six walks, highlighted by an 11-run inning in the bottom of the fifth. Starter Andy Santana went five innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven to win his second game of the season.

Wednesday’s News and Notes

Three wins and one loss on Wednesday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs OFF DAY @ Rochester, 11:05 a.m. Zimmermann (1st AAA start)
vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators Won, 5-3 (10 inn.) @ Binghamton, 6:35 p.m. Tom Milone (7-5, 3.05) vs.
Chris Schwinden (4-6, 5.35)
Potomac Nationals Suspended
8-2, Top 3rd
@ Myrtle Beach, 7:00 p.m. Adrian Alaniz (5-3, 2.49) vs.
J.J. Hoover (9-5, 3.35)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 2-0 vs. Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Billy Ott (A- Debut) vs.
Tanner Bushue (5-6, 4.32)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 6-3 vs. Auburn, 7:00 p.m. Matt Swynenberg (3-2, 4.03) vs.
Andrew Hutchison (1-1, 2.61)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Won, 4-1
@DSL Orioles2
vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
Notes: The Chiefs go home-and-home with the Rochester Redwings for the next four games. They trail first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by 8½ games in the North Division and are 4½ games off the pace for the Wild Card race.

Harrisburg Senators W, 5-3 @ Binghamton (10 innings)
Starting Pitcher: Kown 6IP 7H 3R 3ER 0BB 6K 3HR
Pitching Star: James (W, 7-0) 3IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star # 1: Espinosa 3-5, 3R, 3HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Ivany 1-2, R, HR, 2BB, RBI
Notes: This game remained scoreless through three innings until Binghamton broke the ice with one run in the bottom of the 4th. Binghamton then added one more in the 5th and another run in the 6th to make it 3-1. All three B-Mets runs came on solo HRs. But then Harrisburg started their comeback, pulling to within one with a run in the 7th and then tying it in the 8th. With no runs scored in the 9th this game was off to extras. In the extra frame, Danny Espinosa went deep for the third time on the night, hitting a two-run shot to give the Senators their winning margin of 5-3. Starter Andrew Kown went six innings giving up seven hits, three runs and six strikeouts but got the no-decision. Chuck James pitched three perfect innings for the win, while Cole Kimball struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th to earn his third AA save.

Potomac 8, Lynchburg 2 — SUSPENDED
Notes: Violent thunderstorms in the area forced this game to be suspended after two complete innings, with Potomac leading 8-2 on a 10-hit barrage that saw them score four runs in each of the first two innings. Play will be resumed next week when Lynchburg visits Potomac for a three-game series in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown Suns W, 2-0 vs. Lexington
Starting Pitcher: Mock 3IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Applebee (W, 3-4) 3⅓ IP 1H 0R 3K
Hitting Star # 1: Ramirez 2-4, R, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Hague 1-3, R, 2B, 1BB
Notes: Rehabbing Garrett Mock when three strong innings for Hagerstown, allowing just one hit and one walk over three scoreless innings. He also struck out three. Three Suns pitchers followed and combined with Mock to pitch the Suns to a 2-0 shutout against the Lexington Legends. The scoring came very early, with Hagerstown getting its two runs in the bottom of the 1st on a double by Rick Hague, an RBI single by J.P. Ramirez and two Legends’ errors. Recently promoted GCL standout Adrian Sanchez made his Low-A debut, going 1-for-4.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 6-3 vs Auburn
Starting Pitcher: Jenkins (L, 2-4) 4⅔ IP 2H 3R 3ER 6BB 2K
Pitching Star: Holland  2⅓ IP 2H 1R 1ER 4K
Hitting Star # 1: Kelso 1-3, R, 3B
Hitting Star # 2: Moldenhauer 1-1, R, 2B
Notes: Vermont began the scoring with a run in the bottom of the 4th but that seemed to be all that was going in their favor. Auburn struck back with three runs in the 5th and one more in the 6th to make it 4-1. In the 8th Auburn continued their onslaught with two more runs in the 8th, while the Lake Monsters tried for a comeback in the 9th with 2 runs but fell short as they lost 6-3. Starter Chad Jenkins went 4⅔ innings giving up two hits, three runs and six

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: A 16-2 thrashing of the GCL Marlins only dulls the sting of a team that sports the league’s worst record at 14-22 and has an elimination number of 12 with 20 dates left on the schedule.

DSL Nationals W, 4-1 @ DSL Orioles2
Starting Pitcher: Wander Suero (W, 2-3) 5IP 5H 1R 1ER 3BB 7K
Pitching Star: Adalberto Mieses (SV, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Jean Valdez 1-3, 3B
Hitting Star #2: Nelalexfred Ortega 1-3, SB, RBI
Notes: A (presumably) rain-shortened 4-1 win gave the DSL Nationals back-to-back wins in consecutive days for the first time since July 13-14. Sources say that if they win tomorrow, that will be known as a winning streak, which has happened before. A three-run first inning gave the D-Nats all the runs they would need, as starting pitcher Wander Suero went five innings and allowed just one run on five hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Tuesday’s News and Notes

Five of seven win on Tuesday, including a 16-2 beatdown in Viera

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-3 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Senators Won, 8-6 @ Binghamton, 6:35 p.m. Andrew Kown (6-4, 3.78) vs.
Michael Antonini (6-9, 4.45)
Potomac Nationals Won, 9-5 @ Lynchburg, 7:00 p.m. Marcos Frias (4-5, 6.54) vs.
Justin Walker (1st A+ start of ’10)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-5 vs. Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Garrett Mock (rehab) vs.
Zachary Grimmett (4-1, 4.00)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 5-3 @ Tri-City, 7:00 p.m. Chad Jenkins (2-3, 2.75) vs.
Jesse Hernandez (1-3, 5.73)
GCL Nationals Won, 16-2
@ GCL Marlins
DSL Nationals Won, 4-2 @ DSL Phillies @ DSL Orioles2, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 5-3 vs. Scranton/WB
WDWRD* — 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI; 0-0 SB vs.
Starting Pitcher: Chico (L, 5-6) 3IP 5H 2R 2ER 1BB 1K
Pitching Star: Leatherman 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star: Orr  3-4, 1-3B, 2RBI
Notes: Scranton remained in the driver’s seat throughout this one as they began their scoring in the top of the 2nd with one run and added another run in the 3rd, one more in the 5th, and another two runs in the 6th making it 5-0 for Scranton. But Syracuse showed signs of a comeback in the bottom of the 6th with one run and then in the 8th they added two more runs to make it 5-3. Unfortunately, that’s all the Chiefs could muster as they fell to Scranton 5-3. Starter Matt Chico went three innings giving up five hits, two runs and one walk with the loss, his sixth of the season at AAA.
* This is an initialism for “What Did Wilson Ramos Do,” per a suggestion from one of our brilliant readers that we highlight the exploits of the most visible Syracuse prospect. The asterisk-with-a-footnote-in-italics is better known as a Posterisk, a gimmick stolen from Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski. We steal it in the spirit of plagiarism being the sincerest form of flattery.

Harrisburg Senators W, 8-6 @ Binghamton
Starting Pitcher: Peacock, Brad (W, 1-0) 5IP 7H 5R 5ER 3BB 2K
Pitching Star: Kimball 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Solano  3-3, R, 2-2B, BB, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Valdez 3-5, 2R
Notes: In the top of the 2nd Harrisburg took the lead with 2 runs and retained that lead until the 4th and 5th. In those innings Binghamton managed to score 1 in the bottom of the 4th and another 4 in the 5th to take the lead 5-2. Harrisburg came right back in the top of the 6th inning scoring four runs and they added two more runs in the 7th making it 8-5. Binghamton could only add one more run to their score as they were downed 8-6 by the Sens. Starter Brad Peacock got the win despite allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings.

Potomac Nationals W, 9-5 @ Lynchburg
Starting Pitcher: Lehman 2⅔ 8H 5R 4ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star #1: Barthmaier (W, 2-1) 3⅓ IP 2H 0R 0BB 3K
Pitching Star #2: VanAllen (SV, 5) 3IP 1H 0R 1BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-3, 3R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lozada 2-4, R, 2-2B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #3: Jacobsen 2-4, 3RBI
Notes: Starter Pat Lehman was hit hard early, charged with five runs in eight hits in 2⅔ innings, but veterans Jimmy Barthmaier and Cory VanAllen picked him up held down the fort, combining for 6⅓ innings of scoreless relief to get the win and save, respectively. Down 5-2 after three full innings, the P-Nats bats scored in four of the next five innings, taking a 6-5 lead with two runs in the 6th and putting it away with a three runs in the 8th. The win puts Potomac in sole possession of first place at 20-16, one game ahead of Wilmington.

Hagerstown Suns W, 8-5 vs. Lexington
Starting Pitcher: Hicks 3⅓ IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 1K 
Pitching Star: Weaver (SV, 14) 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Ramirez 3-4, 3R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Hood 2-3, R, BB, RBI
Notes: Hagerstown started the scoring in the bottom of the of the 1st with three runs. Lexington answered in the next inning with two runs and added two more in the top of the 3rd. Hagerstown wasted no time coming back as they punched in four runs in the bottom of the inning. Lexington could only come back with one run in the 5th, but the Suns scored one run of their own in the 7th to counter it as they went on to win 8-5. Starter Graham Hicks went 3⅓ innings giving up seven hits, four runs and one walk. Ben Graham got the win in relief, while Dean Weaver pitched two scoreless innings for the save, his 14th of the year.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 5-3 @ Tri-City
Starting Pitcher: McKenzie (L, 1-2) 4IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Herrera 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 4K
Hitting Star #1: Miller 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Freitas 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
Notes: Tri-City began the scoring in the bottom of the 1st with 1 run, while Vermont kept up with the Valley Cats by adding a run in the 2nd. Not to be outdone, Tri-City scored another run in the bottom of the 3rd to re-claim the lead. The Lake Monsters still came back though as they continued the pattern scoring yet another run in the top of the next inning making it 2-2. Unfortunately Tri-City began to pull away in the bottom of the 4th as they scored two. Vermont could only answer with one run, making it 4-3. Tri-City went on to add one more run in the 7th to seal this one at 5-3. Starter Christopher McKenzie went four innings giving up seven hits, four runs and one walk with the loss.

GCL Nationals W, 16-2 @ GCL Marlins
Starting Pitcher: Ryan Mattheus 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Pitching Star: Christian Meza 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K (Happy 20th B-Day)
Hitting Star #1: Randolph Oduber 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, 2BB, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rick Hughes 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #3: Adrian Sanchez 3-5, R, 2RBI
Notes: Powered by an eight-run third inning, the GCL Nationals hooked the GCL Marlins by a score of 16-2. Eight of the nine starting batters got a hit, six got two or more as the G-Nats put 17 hits on the board. Rehabbing Ryan Mattheus started the game and pitched a scoreless inning while “40”-year-old Orlando Hernandez allowed an unearned run on two hits over two innings while striking out three.

DSL Nationals W, 4-2 @ DSL Phillies
Starting Pitcher: Silvio Medina (W, 3-4) 6⅓ IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: Inocencio Heredia [SV, 8] 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star: Jean Valdez 2-4, RBI
Notes: With single runs in the first three innings, the D-Nats built a 3-0 lead and played errorless baseball en route to a 4-2 victory over the DSL Phillies. Starter Silvio Medina got the win, pitching 6⅓ innings and allowing two runs on five hits and no walks. Inocencio Heredia pitched two scoreless innings to earn the save, his 8th on the year. Jean Valdez led the hitters by going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Monday’s News and Notes

A Potomac win that reclaims 1st place is the lone bright spot on a dismal Monday for the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost. 6-5 @ Scranton/W-B, 7:00 p.m. Matt Chico (5-5, 3.64) vs.
Jason Hirsh (6-7, 4.22)
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY @ Binghamton, 6:35 p.m. Brad Peacock (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Mark Cohooon (1-3, 7.24)
Potomac Nationals Won, 6-4 (11 inn.) @ Lynchburg, 7:00 p.m. Pat Lehman (3-2, 4.79) vs.
Lance Janke (3-8, 6.28)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 9-4 vs. Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Graham Hicks (1-4, 4.85) vs.
Luis Cruz (5-2, 3.25)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 10-1 @ Tri-City, 7:00 p.m. Christopher McKenzie (1-1, 8.87) vs.
Alexander Sogard (1-2, 4.64)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-2 vs. GCL Astros @ GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost 11-4 vs. DSL Mets1 @ DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 6-5 vs. Scranton/WB
Starting Pitcher: Marquis 6IP 3H 2R 1ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Dud: Villone (L, 2-4) 1IP 2H 1ER 1K
Hitting Star#1: Whiting 2-4, 2R, 1-2B
Hitting Star#2: Orr 2-4, 1R, 1-2B
Notes:  Syracuse began the scoring in the bottom of the 1st with two runs, Scranton came back in the 2nd and 3rd with a run in each inning to tie it back up. Syracuse regained the lead in the bottom of the 3rd  and increased it to 4-2 after the 4 innings of play. But Scranton wouldn’t give up and once the 7th came around they tied this game back up at 4-4. But they weren’t done there as Scranton scored one run in the 8th to take the lead. Syracuse tied it back up in the bottom of the inning, unfortunately Scranton had the last laugh as they were able to sneak one more run in the 9th inning to win this one 6-5. Rehabbing Jason Marquis went six innings giving up three hits, two runs and two walks but got the no-decision.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
Notes: The Senators are riding a four-game win streak and are now just 3&frac; games out of second place. They head north to Funkytown Binghamton for three games before hosting first-place Altoona this weekend.

Potomac Nationals W, 6-4 (11 inn.) @ Lynchburg
Starting Pitcher: Holder 2⅓ IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 0K
Pitching Star: McCoy (W, 2-1) 3IP 1H 0R 0BB 6K
Hitting Star #1: Rhinehart 3-5, 2R, 2-2B,
Hitting Star #2: Lombardozzi 3-6, 2R, 3RBI
Notes: A wild pitch plated Bill Rhinehart as the go-ahead run and sac fly off the bat of Steve Lombardozzi gave the P-Nats some insurance in the top of the 11th as they defeated the Lynchburg Hillcats 6-4. Starter Trevor Holder lasted just 2⅓ innings, but the Potomac bullpen was outstanding as Carlos Martinez (3⅔ innings), newly acquired Joe Testa (2 innings) and Pat McCoy (3 innings) combined to shut down the Hillcats, allowing three hits combined and striking out 11 the rest of the way.

Hagerstown Suns L, 9-4 vs. Lexington
Starting Pitcher: Demny (L, 6-4) 5⅓ IP 7H 5R 5ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Garcia 2IP 2H 0R 1K
Hitting Star#1: Ramirez 1-3, R, HR, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star#2: Jones 1-2, R, BB
Notes: Lexington scored two runs in the 2nd to start things off and scored one more run in the top of the 3rd. The Suns answered with two runs in bottom of the 3rd to keep things close at 3-2. Lexington started to pull away in the 6th scoring four runs making it 7-2. Hagerstown could only managed to get single runs in each of the 7th and 8th innings, but it wasn’t enough as Lexington scored two more in the 9th to win this one going away, 9-4. Starter Paul Demny went 5⅓ innings giving up seven hits, five runs and two walks with the loss.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 10-1 @ Tri-City
Starting Pitcher: Jordan (L, 1-2) 3IP 7H 7R 7ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Cahill 1⅓ IP 2H 0R 0BB 5K
Hitting Star#1: Moore 2-3, BB  
Hitting Star#2: Labrie 2-4, 1RBI
Notes: Vermont didn’t have much of a say in this game as their bats were pretty quiet today (six hits total). Tri-City Started their onslaught in the bottom of the 3rd with seven runs and added an additional run in the 4th, making it 8-0 early. In the 7th Tri-City added two more runs to make the score 10-0. On a positive note, the Lake Monsters prevented a shut-out as they were able to obtain one run in the top of the 9th to make this a final of 10-1 for Tri-City. Starter Taylor Jordan was hit hard for his fourth straight start. He went three innings giving up seven hits, seven runs, and three walks while striking out two.

GCL Nationals L, 5-2 vs. GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Pedro Encarnacion (L, 2-2) 2⅔ IP 5H 4R 4ER 3BB 1K
Pitching Star: Mitchell Clegg 3IP 2H 0R 2BB 1K
Hitting Star: Randolph Oduber 2-3, BB
Notes: Make that seven of eight, as the GCL Nationals fell again, 5-2, to the GCL Astros. Pedro Encarnacion was lit up for four runs on five hits and three walks over 2⅔ innings. Both Nationals runs were aided by Astros errors, as the offense was held to just three hits. Rehabbing Mitchell Clegg was the pitching star, tossing two-hit ball over three innings with two walks and one strikeout.

DSL Nationals L, 11-4 vs. DSL Mets1
Starting Pitcher: Wirkin Estevez 4IP 8H 5R 4ER 2BB 2K 1HR
Pitching Star: Andy Santana 3IP 0H 0R 2BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Narciso Mesa 2-4, R, SB
Hitting Star #2: Nelalexfred 2-4, R, RBI
Notes: Not even staff ace Wirkin Estevez could stop the bleeding, as the DSL Nationals dropped their 8th straight game, 11-4 to the DSL Mets1 squad. Four double plays on offense and four errors on defense were also to blame for the futility. Estevez allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks over his four innings of work.

Sunday’s News and Notes

Ronnie Labrie’s 7RBIs highlights a three-win Sunday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 3-1 @ Scranton/W-B, 7:00 p.m. Jason Marquis (0-0, 7.20) vs.
David Phelps (1-2, 3.86)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 12-11 (11 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY @ Lynchburg, 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-2, 3.44) vs.
Chase Ware (1-2, 3.65)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 1-0 vs. Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (6-3, 3.58) vs.
Jose Cisnero (5-5, 4.03)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 13-4 @ Tri-City, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (1-1, 4.83) vs.
Jake Buchanan (2-2, 4.88)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-1 @ GCL Mets vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 3-1 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Starting Pitcher: Martis (W, 7-6) 6IP 2H 0R 3BB 5K
Pitching Star: Carr (SV, 2) 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Ramos 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Whiting 2-4, 2B
Notes: Newly acquired Wilson Ramos led off the scoring with a solo HR in the 2nd inning, then hit an RBI single in the 6th to lead the Syracuse Chiefs to a 3-1 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Starter Shairon Martis rebounded from his last outing to pitch six scoreless innings, allowing two hits, walking three, and setting down five on strikes. Adam Carr pitched a scoreless ninth to collect his 2nd AAA save.

Harrisburg Senators W, 12-11 @ Portland
Starting Pitcher: Thompson 3⅔ IP 10H 8R 6ER 1BB 5K
Pitching Star: Matin (W, 4-2) 3IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Ivany 2-3, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Marrero 2-3, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #3: Baez 1-6, R, HR, 5RBI
Notes: Devan Ivany’s solo HR with two outs in the bottom of the 11th gave the Senators a 12-11 victory and a series sweep against the Portland Sea Dogs. Just five of the 19 batters did not collect a hit, while nine batters got two or more, and two Sea Dogs got four. Chris Marrero also homered while Edgardo Baez smacked a grand slam as part of a five-run third inning that gave Harrisburg its only other lead at 5-2. Starter Aaron Thompson was chased from the game with two outs in the fourth, charged with eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits and one walk. Rafael Martin got the win in relief, pitching three scoreless and hitless innings with one walk and one strikeout.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The P-Nats begin a three-game against the last-place Lynchburg Hillcats today. This represents a chance to make some hay in the second-half playoff race, as the next 22 games are against teams that are currently .500 or worse before they play first-place Wilmington for three games on August 23-25.

Hagerstown Suns L, 1-0 @ Greensboro
Starting Pitcher: Bronson (L, 1-1) 6⅔ IP 6H 1R 0ER 1BB 4K
Pitching Star: Wort 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Hood 1-3
Hitting Star #2: Leon 1-3
Notes: For the second time in three games, the Hagerstown found themselves on the short end of a 1-0 score, as the Grasshoppers swept the Suns in all four games. Starter Evan Bronson was the hard-luck loser, pitching 6⅔ innings and allowing the one, unearned Greensboro run on six hits and one walk. Just two Hagerstown baserunners made it into scoring position, as the Grasshoppers pitchers allowed just three hits and no walks on the afternoon.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 13-4 @ Lowell
Starting Pitcher: Hansen 4⅔ IP 6H 4R 2ER 3BB 8K 1HR
Pitching Star:
Hitting Star #1: Labrie 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 7RBI
Hitting Star #2: Keyes 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #3: Moore 1-3, 3R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
Notes: Ronnie Labrie’s three-run shot in the 3rd inning broke open a 2-2 game as the Vermont defeated Lowell by a 13-2 count. Labrie would go 3-for-5 with seven RBI on the afternoon to lead the Lake Monsters’ 11-hit onslaught, which also included six doubles and six walks. Starter Bobby Hansen went 4⅔ innings, giving up all four Spinner runs, six hit and three walks. He also struck out eight. Cameron Selik got the win with 3⅓ innings of scoreless relief, with one hit allowed and three batters set down on strikes.

GCL Nationals L, 5-1 @ GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Kelvin Lopez (L, 3-2) 6IP 7H 3R 2ER 4BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Vintage: Orlando Hernandez 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Randolph Oduber 2-4, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Andruth Ramirez 2-3, 2B
Notes: The GCL Nationals losing ways continued as they dropped a 5-1 decision to the GCL Mets, the sixth loss in the past seven games. Starting pitcher Kelvin Lopez went six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks. Orlando Hernandez pitched an inning in relief, striking out two and was followed by Matt Grace, who gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but still lowered his ERA from 22.09 to 21.21.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: Sunday was a welcome day off for the DSL Nationals, who are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. The DSL Nats host the Mets1, Giants on Monday and Thursday while visiting the Phillies, Orioles2, Cubs2, and Marlins the rest of the week. Their elimination number stands at 11.